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Social Ministries Advisory Commission

This commission strives to encourage, support, and demonstrate the Christ-like servant leadership of IHM parish members in their efforts for social justice through prayer, advocacy, education, and financial/material support of those in need. The commission in all of its activities promotes the themes of Catholic Social Teaching such as recognizing that all human life is sacred; seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable; supporting global solidarity; caring for God’s creation. The Commission meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m.

It is part of our mission to "live and share" the Good News of Jesus Christ.

All parishioners are invited to discern serving as a parish leader. The Parish Pastoral Council will help you prayerfully discern where to best use your God-given talents, and will provide training for effective servant leadership.

For more information, please contact Mike Suter
Staff Liaison: Debbie Birck
2016 Living a Faith That Does Justice Award Recipient:
Charlie Pfizenmayer


Charlie Pfizenmayer is this year’s recipient of the Living a Faith That Does Justice Award. Reading a list of his volunteer activities, you might think that the Social Action Coordinating Commission decided to honor a group of people, rather than just one individual. The Pfizenmayer family has lived in Cincinnati since 1974 and joined IHM Parish in 1982. Now retired, Charlie believes that older parishioners have so much talent to offer the community and their gifts should be utilized. He approaches all of his activities with dedication, enthusiasm and competence. In addition to personally reaching out to those in need, he encourages others in the parish to do the same.
 
A primary focus of Charlie’s volunteering is one of the toughest areas, prison ministry. He is a member of the parish prison ministry committee, a member of the steering committee of the Dismas Journey, a program of the Archdiocesan Social Action Office, a regular volunteer at the county jail, and a volunteer with Kairos Prison Ministry at Lucasville and the Warren County Correctional Institution.
Not only is he involved with community based programs to assist people making the transition from prison to life in their communities, but he also serves as a mentor to returning citizens and an advocate for them to potential employers,
landlords and neighbors.

Charlie’s deep faith and active prayer life are critical components that enable him to do this work. He participates weekly in Eucharistic adoration, is part of a small faith community, and belongs to a Bible Study group. There is another activity that he feels is critical for the Church and the community. After an act of violence, such as a homicide or assault, a small group will gather at the site of the crime to pray a Rosary for the victims, the perpetrator and the community for an end to violence and bloodshed. It is a powerful witness and recognition that violence has an impact on the entire community.
 
It is fitting that Charlie and the work of prison ministry is being honored during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. God’s mercy is for everyone and each one of us are called to instruments of that mercy. We are grateful to him and those involved in prison ministry for their example and dedicated service.